- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Team Germond
Syndicated political columnist Jack Germond has a new trustworthy source inside the Democratic National Committee, somebody he can call on day or night for a quote: his wife.
Alice Travis Germond, who has faithfully served the Democratic Party for over 40 years, including holding senior positions in the presidential campaigns of Jerry Brown, Gary Hart, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, is the new secretary of the DNC.
Among previous posts, Mrs. Germond served as chairwoman of the National Women's Political Caucus Democratic Task Force, during which time she coordinated the effort to put Geraldine Ferraro on the Democratic ticket. Could this mean Hillary Rodham Clinton is next?
"She has made it clear that she will serve out her Senate term, so she's basically taken herself out of contention," Mrs. Germond says of Mrs. Clinton and the 2004 presidential race. As for 2008?
"The one thing we have all learned, when it comes to politics: One never knows," she tells us (we can't help but recall Mr. Germond once saying don't be fooled by Mrs. Clinton's foray into the Senate. "She is clearly running for president here," he said).
Mrs. Germond, who has also consulted for the AFL-CIO women's division and currently serves on the DNC's rules and bylaws and executive committees, says she's "honored" at being selected for the DNC secretary post and looks forward "to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work."

Conservative kids
A 15-year-old boy, of all liberal age groups, is the latest to attack President Bush's amnesty proposal for thousands of illegal immigrants from Mexico.
We turn to the Tucson Citizen, an Arizona newspaper that runs a regular feature titled "Citizen Teen Columnist." In his column titled "The Key Word in 'Illegal Immigrants' is 'Illegal,'" Timothy Workman of Tucson takes Mr. Bush to task for siding in favor of amnesty for the Mexican aliens.
"Bush has got some nerve," writes the young man, "demeaning the meaning of American citizenship by proposing amnesty. It is as if President Bush is trying to please everybody, which he must believe is his ticket to a second term, and he is doing so by embracing issues that are opposite of what is the best for the citizens of America."
The immigration watchdog group ProjectUSA is applauding Timothy's article, noting that the youth of this country are generally the repository of radical ideas, extremism and social upheaval, while older generations represent conservatism, stewardship of traditions and wisdom informed by experience.
"But this is not a normal country in normal times," the group says. "In today's America, we find 15-year-olds writing intensely conservative lines."
As Timothy says, "If we want to lead America into the future as a healthy political state, and as an America with upright, honest qualities, then we will start with turning away the idea of illegal immigrant legitimacy ."
"Why has our country stooped so low?" he asks.

ABM RIP
An uncommon wake a "cheerful wake" for a "flawed treaty" will be held in the Russell Caucus Room of the Capitol on June 12, the day the ABM Treaty is set to lapse.
"For 30 years, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has served to bolster the policy of mutually assured destruction MAD and impose crippling restrictions on the nation's missile defense programs," says Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner's invitation to the wake. "President Bush, recognizing the inappropriateness of MAD and the policy of vulnerability of missile attack, announced on December 13, 2001, that the United States is withdrawing from the treaty."
Among the non-mourners who will be attending: Undersecretary of State John Bolton; Senate Minority Leader Trent Lot, Mississippi Republican; a host of lawmakers; an ambassador or two; and retired military representatives.

Mickey Mice
So, John Michael Snyder, dean of the nation's gun lobbyists and chief spokesman for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, tell us what you really think about the government's decision to prohibit commercial airline pilots from possessing handguns in the cockpit in response to the terrorist threat.
"Appalling, disgusting and revolting," Mr. Snyder says. "The U.S. Department of Transportation Mickey Mice responsible for the refusal Mickey Mouse Magaw and Mickey Mouse Mineta are sucking up to fat-cat airline executives fearful of potential liability."
Mr. Dean is referring, of course, to John Magaw, the former Secret Service director who heads the new Transportation Security Administration, and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.


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